Emergent Behavior: New Swarms of Hovering Objects Photographed in Place by Thomas Jackson
Heinz-Jörg Wurzbacher is a light artist from Koblenz, Germany and the founder (with Garry Krätz) of the light art photography project Electrical Movements in the Dark (EMD)
Light is (usually) electric current, and we visualize this current. We operate in the dark with various light elements in front of our cameras. And so the name of the project was - Electrical Movements in the Dark, short EMD .
Our works are not assembled and created by image editing programs such as Photoshop - they are created as a single long time-exposed photo…
Slipping Optical Illusions into Post-Earthquake Christchurch
What to do with an earthquake-damaged walkway looming dead and unused over a popular thoroughfare?
One approach would be to have wrecking crews disassemble it with heavy machinery and dump trucks. Or, if you’re artist Mike Hewson, you could plaster it with photographic “wallpaper” so it blends into the background buildings and sky – effectively removing the pesky eyesore from one angle, and turning it into an optical curiosity from others.
Hewson executed the trompe l’oeil earlier this year in Christchurch, New Zealand, which is still recovering from heavy damages sustained during 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. As construction workers move through the city taking down cracked and dangerous structures, the 28-year-old artist has been busy with his own form of refurbishment. Hewson plasters afflicted structures with digital prints that look like everyday surfaces and people, creating the illusion of still-active artist studios in an abandoned school, say, or a vacant building that appears to float in mid-air.
For the walkway piece, called “Deconstruction,” Hewson worked with 72-foot-long adhesive vinyl sheets that granted it a makeshift invisibility cloak for pedestrians standing in the right location. (It’s the same principle behind that “transparent” mural in San Francisco.) To people not observing it from that key spot, it will look odd and stretched, as if seen through a warped mirror.
The location of “Deconstruction” is apt: It hangs near the heartily thumped Central Business District’s “red zone.” It wasn’t until this June that the military finally lifted the cordon around the area, a full 857 days after the February 2011 temblor forced its closure. The artwork will stand in this ghostly place, hopefully not TKOing too many birds, until work teams replace it in 2014 with a more structurally sound walkway.